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Melekhet Machashevet Citations

    The following are online citations from Moshe Chafetz's 1710 work Melekhet Machashevet, found via an unfiltered Google search and other occasional searches.

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    Parshat Netzavim
    (From Deuteronomy)

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    Excerpt: Deuteronomy chapter 29,
    verse 11: in order that you should enter into the covenant of the L-rd your G-d...
    verse 12: that He may establish you today for a people to Himself, and that He may be G-d to you.
    (Deut. 29:11-12)

    Malechet Machshevet (Rabbi Moshe Hefetz, Italy, 15th century (sic)) Deuteronomy, chapter 29, verse 11: You should enter into the covenant... makes with you this day.
    Verse 12: that He may establish you today for a people to Himself, and the He may be to you a G-d... However [the text] does not say and He will be G-d to you today as it says that He may establish you today? The matter is that since we once received the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven wholeheartedly and with great desire, we no longer have the permission to go back on it and regret it, because G-d Almighty is jealous and vengeful and He will then rule over us wrathfully and with an outstretched arm...

    Therefore it is written: "[God] makes [a covenant] with you today in order to establish you today as a people for Himself and He will be God unto you." For when He establishes us one day and one time as a people to Himself, He will be G-d to us forever - even if we are unwilling, against our will and against our protestations.

    1. What is the hint in the style of our verse for this idea of his?
    2. Where is this idea found in our chapter besides the above mentioned verses?


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